Pelicans nesting in trees - floods coming!

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Subject: Pelicans nesting in trees - floods coming!
From: Peter Ewin <>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 17:26:50 +1000
This is very interesting - ABC is obviously having the same listener ringing to 
different stations. I was talking to my parents about 3 weeks ago and they said 
someone rang up Australia All Over saying exactly the same thing. I was 
sceptical and looked up HANZAB to check if there were any previous records and 
so I suspect it is a mistake.
Will probably end up like some of the urban bird myths (YTBC and rain which was 
raised again the other day - if it was true Helensburgh south of Sydney would 
get rain every day).
Peter> From: > To: > 
Subject: Pelicans nesting in trees - floods coming!> Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 
13:00:20 +1000> > Thanks for this report David.> > I've tracked and documented 
breeding by Pelican's in se Australia and at > no nest site does this species 
use any form of tree to make a nest in. At > all the locations I've checked, 
Pelicans nest on the ground with minimal > nest material. If anyone has 
observed differently this would indeed be a > first for se Australia at least.> 
> What I have observed is Pelicans sometimes sitting atop posts or poles at > 
lake or beach edges but never in any type of bush or tree. I wonder what > the 
caller to the ABC actually saw??> > As far as I'm aware there has been no 
breeding by Pelicans on or close to > the Murray River in Victoria or New South 
Wales.> > Incidentally, there are Pelicans (and many other waterbirds) breeding 
at > Lake Wyara (Currawinya Lakes Ramsar site) in far west Queensland at the > 
moment. The information I have says the colony is about 15 000 birds, > which 
is far larger than any Victorian colony has ever been to my > knowledge. There 
is an additional 15 000 Pelicans at the adjacent Numalla > Lake as well which 
might explain where all Victoria's Pelicans have gone > ...? This Queensland 
site was mentioned by list member Greg Sherwin back > in February (18) this 
year. At that time there was ' ... many thousands > ...' of Pelicans breeding, 
so it's great ton hear the colony is going > strong.> > A relevant link to this 
area is as follows: >> > 
If anyone hears about ANY breeding of Pelicans then be sure to let me > know.> 
> cheers, Martin> > Martin O'Brien> Wildlife Biologist - Threatened Species & 
Communities Section> Department of Sustainability and Environment> 2/8 
Nicholson St. (PO Box 500),> East Melbourne 3002> VICTORIA> > ( 9637 9869> > 
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